A HEART REVEALED (Winds of Change, Book 2) by Julie Lessman

BOOK COVER: I LOVE this book cover the colors jump out at you in a good way. The cover really sets the mood and time period for this novel so well. The model is lovely and so is the dress. This is a striking cover. I wish I could read this book right now because I enjoyed the first book in this series very much. Below is a book blurb and my review from Book 1 in the Winds of Change series by Julie. I personally think that A Hope Undaunted is Julie's best book so far, just saying!

We had the honor of listening to Julie share her testimony and passion for writing Christian fiction at the Finding Hope book club meeting a few years ago. She is a hoot! I just love her honesty and desire to write Christian Fiction. She's the real deal. If you get a chance to meet Julie at a book signing or have her speak at your book club via the telephone or Skype you should do it She's a person you just love to sit down and share with and hear her speak. She's so much fun!

Blurb from the publisher Revell.

Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston as a battered woman, escaping the husband who scarred her beautiful face. The physical and emotional wounds have faded with time, and her life is finally full of purpose and free from the pain of her past. But when she falls for her friend Charity’s husband and charming brother, Sean O’Connor, fear and shame threaten to destroy her. Could Sean an Emma ever have a future together? Or is Emma doomed to live out the rest of her life denying the only true love she’s ever known?

Filled with intense passion and longing, deception and revelation, A Heart Revealed will hold readers in its grip until the very last page.

Release date September 2011, Available now for Pre-order just click over.

A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change, Book 1) by Julie Lessman
My REVIEW!! I LOVED this book. I think its Julie's best so far. I can't wait to read the sequel. If you haven't read this book or any of Julie Lessman's other books you should. She'll be your new favoriate author, especially of historical fiction! She will grab your heart and imagination from the first page till the last! Don't start reading her books too late because you'll be up all night! I'm not kidding!


By Julie Lessman
Published by Revell
ISBN# 978-0-8007-3451-2
505 Pages

Back Cover: The 1920's are drawing to a close and feisty Katie O'Connor, is the epitome of the new woman--smart and sassy, with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend, Jack, fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and head-over-heels in love with her. But, when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cluny McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

Review: I was thrilled to receive a review copy of this moving, heart warming epic story. I had read all three books in her Daughters of Boston series and couldn’t wait to read this first book in the Winds of Change series. The author's character descriptions, with their reactions to each other and their situations, made me feel as if I were watching them on a big screen, taking in every detail, hook, line and sinker.

Katie O’Connor is the main character, and is the youngest and feistiest of the O’Connor sisters. It’s the roaring twenties and Katie has big plans to marry rich, go to law school and be the first woman to gain a seat in Congress. She wants to be in a position of influence to change the plight of women and children.

Jack, Katie’s boyfriend, adores her and fits all the criteria for her plan beautifully; that is, until Katie is forced to work with Luke McGee during the summer of 1929. Sparks start to fly between them on all fronts, even as they butt heads at work. They’d known each other as kids. Luke was mean then, and it didn’t appear he changed much. Why did Luke bother her so much now? Couldn’t she let her childhood memories go?

Luke says, “You know, Katie, you’ve always been a cold and callous little thing, but I actually believed it was just a front. You know, a thin coat of steel to protect your fragile little heart? But I was wrong. Seems that steel is as thick as that stubborn head of yours when it comes to making life decisions…You’re a cold, cold woman, Katie O’Connor…your ‘plan’ is your god, and God help anybody who gets in your way.”

“Katie couldn’t believe his words. …I want to be a lawyer, mother- to blaze the way for women who think they need a man to take care of them, women like Mrs. Rhodes at church—everyone knows that tyrant she lives with beats her. But will she leave? Not on her life. And in the end, it will probably cost her hers...Was it wrong to have a plan? She had her plan! God was some fairy tale for weak people, right?”

I thoroughly enjoyed every second I spent reading this novel. I got caught up in the characters and their drama. I couldn’t believe Katie and the lengths she would go to, to maintain the forward progression of her plan. And, the fight inside her heart to do what was right was a constant challenge. I got a kick out of the family gatherings, filled with games, conflict, resolve, love and great fun. I felt as if I were in the middle of it all. I smiled big at the satisfying ending and a book filled with an array of colorful characters and their situations. Julie included the entire O’Connor clan I got to know in her other books, with a few additions. Julie is a master story teller. I love how she naturally wove their struggle with God and His direction for their lives. It wasn’t preachy but realistic. Julie’s writing touches all the reader’s senses and pulls on your heart strings, as she makes you feel like you really know and care about this family. This book's a keeper. I’ll definitely be reading this book again, you will too!

Nora St. Laurent
The Book Club Network


  1. NORA!!! Thanks SO much for the plug, girlfriend!! Hope and pray I get to see you this summer in Atlanta!!!


  2. Love Julie and her books!!! If she gets to Atlanta area.....I am THERE if at all possible!!
    Can't wait for this book to be out!